I'm so pleased to announce that on Tuesday, July 12th, I'll be joined by Talia Carner to discuss her new novel, Jerusalem Maiden!
In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris—and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient "Jerusalem maiden."
But when a surprising opportunity forces itself on to her preordained path, Esther finds her beliefs clashing dangerously with the passions she has staved off her entire life—forcing her to confront the most difficult and damning question of all: To whom must she be true, God or herself?
New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen, says Jerusalem Maiden is “exquisitely told, with details so vivid you can almost taste the food and hear the voices….A moving and utterly captivating novel that I will be thinking about for a long, long time.”
and Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean says, “Talia Carner’s story captivates at every level, heart and mind.”
Browse inside Jerusalem Maiden, check out Talia Carner's website and look for her on tour throughout the fall. You can also friend her on Facebook and check out the reading group guide for Jerusalem Maiden. I have 10 copies to give away to the first 10 people who comment below that they can participate in the show on July 12th at 7pm ET. Set your reminder for the show here.